This invitational forum provided an opportunity for teams of education leaders from 17 Western and Southwestern states to engage with top officials from the U.S. Department of Education about the Obama administration's reform priorities and the status of American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) initiatives.

The meeting was a collaborative service of the following research and technical assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Regional Educational Laboratories: Central, Southwest, West
  • Comprehensive Centers: California, Mid-Continent, North Central, Southeast, Southwest, Texas
  • Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center

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Kenwyn Derby


Education Reform: Building Coherence Across ARRA Funds

December 18, 2009

Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Goals of the event:

  • Learn about Recovery Act programs from U.S. Department of Education officials.
  • Discuss reform priorities with U.S. Department of Education officials and state education leaders.
  • Identify opportunities to build coherence among ARRA funding streams.
  • Participate in strategic planning for ARRA grants.

The forum included an overview of ways that ARRA funds can be used in concert and strategically to support state education reforms. It featured presentations on specific funding opportunities through the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund II, Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Funds, and Title I School Improvement Grants.  Breakout sessions explored the Obama administration's four reform priorities:

  • Standards and assessments
  • Effective teachers and leaders
  • Data systems
  • Struggling schools

State teams had multiple opportunities for interaction with U.S. Department of Education representatives and federally funded Content Center experts, as well as for team discussion and planning.


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